Frintova Wins First ITU Duathlon World Championship

Frintova Wins First ITU Duathlon World Championship

By Peter Holmes on 27/09/09 at 6:24 am

The 2009 ITU Duathlon World Championship title went to triathlon regular, Vendula Frintova of the Czech Republic who used her kick to nip Sandra Levenez of France by four seconds in an exciting finish. Ana Burgos of Spain was third.  Frintova finished in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 18 seconds.

Levenez produced the fastest opening 10-kilometre run of the day, as she and Samantha Warriner of New Zealand pressed the pace early one. A 40k bike in and out of the Lowe’s Motorspeedway didn’t provide much drama with one large group coming together and staying together; the athletes were just waiting for the final five kilometre run.

And it did come down to the run, with the top nine second run splits exactly matching the order of finish for the top nine athletes. Frintova’s 15:57 was the fastest though and gave the Czech athlete her first world title. 

“I’m really, really happy. I’m a specialist for triathlon, but my season was up and down. This is my best result for the year,” said Frintova. “The race was really hard, especially the first run for me. I was suffering. I didn’t really expect to be the fastest at the end. The bike was quite calm, no one wanted to go hard, so we were just sitting back and waiting for the second run.”

Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova of Russian claimed the Under23 women’s championship, followed by Kinga Lauf of Hungary.

Great Britain’s Sophie Coleman was crowned world junior duathlon champion with teammate Vicky Graves in second.  Marjon Van Der Wansem of the Netherlands finished third.

Elite Women

1. Vendula Frintova CZE CZ 02:08:17
2. Sandra Levenez FRA FR 02:08:22
3. Ana Burgos Acuña ESP ES 02:08:30
4. Ruth Van Der Meijden NED NL 02:08:40
5. Anne Haug GER DE 02:08:47
6. Andrea Steyn RSA ZA 02:08:55
7. Alexandra Louison FRA FR 02:09:11
8. Inmaculada Pereiro Gonzalez ESP ES 02:09:15
9. Samantha Warriner NZL NZ 02:09:26
10. Stefanie Bouma NED NL 02:09:27

U23 Women

1. Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova RUS RU 02:09:04
2. Kinga Lauf HUN HU 02:23:21

Junior Women

1. Sophie Coleman GBR GB 01:04:30
2. Vicky Graves GBR GB 01:04:42
3. Marjon Van Der Wansem NED NL 01:04:49
4. Adriana Barraza MEX MX 01:05:08
5. Jessica Cecilia Berrones MEX MX 01:07:32
6. Andrea Barraza MEX MX 01:07:43
7. Kate Buss USA US 01:09:53
8. Katie June USA US 01:10:35
9. Katherine Shields USA US 01:13:14
10. Emily Shields USA US 01:14:44

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